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DEA assists illegal drug cartels by targeting Mendocino medical marijuana pioneer

Following last week’s Federal threat to bring the heat on medical marijuana dispensaries and their landlords, the DEA raided Northstone Organics in Ukiah Thursday.  Northstone is featured in this week’s North Coast Journal cover story.

From the Press Democrat:

The early morning operation shook the medical marijuana community because Northstone has been a model of compliance with local and state laws.

“I am really puzzled. There are plenty of illegal marijuana organizations in Mendocino County,” said Aaron Smith of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a business lobbying organization formed last year.

Northstone was in compliance with Mendocino County medical marijuana regulations, which issues zip-ties for permitted plants.  The raid will surely deter growers from signing up for county programs such as the one in Mendocino where cops, supervisors and growers seem generally happy with their regulations, which include law enforcement inspections of marijuana gardens.

Lost Coast Outpost: Feds Reportedly Choose Indisputable Good Guy for First North Coast Raid

NCJ Blogthing: ‘Federal Terror Campaign’ Hits Mendocino Collective

  1. October 14, 2011 at 3:51 am

    What does this collective have in co
    Mon with Arcata? They were both featured in documentaries about cannabis. If I were a “pot store” I would be worried as hell tonight.

  2. Dave
    October 14, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Mark is on to something:
    I think the feds are making an example out of Northstone Organics because they have been so open (see Frontline Special on them) and they want to strike terror in ALL the dispensaries.

    When will they end this senseless war on marijuana?

  3. Mitch
    October 14, 2011 at 7:07 am

    What an incredible waste of taxpayers money. Don’t the US Attorneys have any real work to do?

  4. Hehe
    October 14, 2011 at 7:25 am

    How is hope and change working out for you now?

  5. October 14, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Hope and change is working out just about as well as I thought it would, but then again I voted Nader.

    have a peaceful day

  6. Anonymous
    October 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Hope and change, how about no lube, no kiss.

  7. Not an Expert
    October 14, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Perhaps there is a connection between this and Mendocino County’s recent call for US Marshals and SWAT teams from all over the state and US to track down the murderer of a city council member? I know he was growing poppies not pot, but when that happened, I thought, here come the feds. Are they going after growers and dispensaries in Colorado and other states?

  8. Anonymous
    October 14, 2011 at 10:03 am

    How about, I will be handing out free coffee and doughnuts when the feds come here.

  9. High Finance
    October 14, 2011 at 10:17 am

    What a silly headline to this topic.

  10. tra
    October 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I think some of you are missing the obvious: The Feds are going after growers/dispensaries that are NOT problems for the local community, because those are the kind of operations that the Feds fear most.

    Can’t have local communities demonstrating that they can be responsible in the way they grow and regulate and distribute cannabis — the voting public might notice how smoothly it all works when regulated in a reasonable way at the local level, and more voters might come to realize that 99.9% of the problems related to cannabis are in fact caused by Prohibition, not cannabis itself.

    So of course they’re going to go after those who are as responsible and low-impact as possible, because they don’t want responsible, well-run, “good neighbor” growers and dispensaries, they want irresponsible, greedy, “bad neighbor” growers and dispensaries, because that’s what justifies their salaries and keeps the War on Pot gravy train running.

  11. tra
    October 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

    HiFi says: “What a silly headline to this topic.”

    Yeah, how “silly” to point out the actual real-world impact of the Fed’s actions.

  12. No Cal Cartel
    October 14, 2011 at 10:48 am

    The DEA/Feds are gonna help us big time! Just when the will of the people was being implemented and 215 stores were paying tax dollars, it’s back to the hills, local dealers, home invasion robberies, and less tax dollars. Oh Bummer!

  13. Nor Cal Cartel
    October 14, 2011 at 10:49 am


  14. Apologist Not
    October 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Law enforcement never had it better than during prohibition with expanded departments, full funding, bribery, cash payoffs, and the best politicians that the biggest criminals can buy…to keep their turf immune from enforcement while keeping the product illegal.

    Many other industrialized nations learned from their mistakes decades ago.

  15. Plain Jane
    October 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Just think of the police state they could build if drug cartels start killing 15,000 a year in the US like they do in Mexico. We’ll beg for it and pay any price they claim is needed.

  16. Walt
    October 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Who benefits from the status quo, and how much do they pay Obama’s people? Follow the money.

  17. Ed
    October 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Jailers and police, and don’t forget big pharm.

  18. October 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    “they want to strike terror in ALL the dispensaries” – the operable word here is “TERROR.” When all you know is terrorizing other countries you’ve got to know that sooner or later they’re going to bring it home. But not to worry, if they can’t find all the evidence they need they’ll plant some so they can meet the quota.

  19. Anonymous
    October 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Makes me wonder if the circus is in town!

    DEA assists drug cartels !!! U been mokin 2 muc medasin !

    To DEA, it’s about time!

  20. pot math
    October 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    400 durangos = 10,000 clones

  21. Anonymous
    October 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I hope the DEA moves north

  22. empires end
    October 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

    one political explanation as to why the obama administration has sicced their legal department enforcers on 215 enterprises is to pander to a demographic of older African-American and Hispanic-American voters in swing states. There is a generally negative view of cannabis among this voting bloc and since big O won’t be losing CA no matter what, he can (on an electoral basis) afford the hit he’ll take in nor cal in exchange for the bump he might earn from being seen to take down the “lawless anarchy” of the CA cannabis trade. Just a thought about what (among other things) this is all about.

  23. empires end
    October 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

    oh yeah– hi fi is an idiot. as are anons @ 10:03, 6:32, and 11:22. Maybe when these old people thankfully pass into history along with their corrupt culture of greed and exploitation, those of us rooted in reality on planet earth can get on with constructive evolution. good riddance none too soon!

  24. Anonymous
    October 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Hmmm, empires end, are you saying that anyone that does not believe as you do is an “idiot” and not”rooted in reality” like you and yours?

    I might call you an idiot but your 1004 post has some merit.

    Could it be that BO is trying to deflect some of the stink from the Fast and Furious scandal? Who knows for sure. And by the way, Hi Fi makes sense!

  25. Plain Jane
    October 15, 2011 at 11:25 am

    The drug war is price support for drugs, keeps the cartels swimming in money to buy corrupt officials and weapons. Our southern neighbors are terrorized by the traffickers and can’t trust the police. Violence is destroying their culture and their economy and the young are becoming hopeless, adrift and jobless – prime candidates for drug use and smuggling. So many of our national policies are schizophrenic in that instead of mitigating the problems they claim are their focus, they exacerbate them. The drug war is a perfect example.

  26. Cristina Bauss
    October 15, 2011 at 11:29 am

    “Perhaps there is a connection between this and Mendocino County’s recent call for US Marshals and SWAT teams from all over the state and US to track down the murderer of a city council member?”

    Aaron Bassler had already killed a land steward on property owned by the Save-the-Redwoods League, and was known to be both a) VERY mentally unstable and b) VERY knowledgeable of the woods and how to live in them. This was something straight out of a movie–a completely unhinged, armed nutcase running around the woods, making them unsafe for anyone entering them (remember, Jere Melo and his companion were very close to the Skunk Train tracks, which are constantly traveled by tourists). The SWAT teams and U.S. Marshals were called in because it was over the sheriff’s deputies’ heads. And it STILL took 36 days. So, the MCSO was justified in seeking assistance.

    On that note… to suggest that the MCSO is actively seeking federal involvement in going after medical-marijuana collectives is bogus, IMHO. Tom Allman has repeatedly made a very clear stand on this issue: the real problems are a) industrial-scale growing and b) meth. He’s a strong proponent of legalization, and has gotten a lot of heat from the Feds about some of his TV appearances (where he has vocally supported legalization).

    Going after the collectives does nothing but give the Feds an excuse to get some easy “work” done, while our public lands get ravaged by industrial growers and those of us who live in the woods are barred access to them for fear of getting shot. I’d love to see one of our local environmental organizations sue the federal government for failure to protect the environment in our public lands. But hey, I’ve already flogged THAT dead horse plenty of times.

  27. Bolithio
    October 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I’d love to see one of our local environmental organizations sue the federal government for failure to protect the environment in our public lands.

    Its just that every time they do, they get sued by the same enviornmental groups who really want nothing to happen out there. Logging would be the best thing for these areas, where 1) the dope growers would not be able to work where there is logging, 2) roads and legacy sed sites would be treated, and 3) mortality and fire risk can be controlled. Our Basin Plan is not going to implement itself….

  28. skippy
    October 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    In the news today contrasted to the raids and the cute ‘lil logo leading this column above:

    The state’s largest doctor group is calling for legalization of marijuana, even as it pronounces cannabis to be of questionable medical value.

    Trustees of the California Medical Assn., which represents more than 35,000 physicians statewide, adopted the position at their annual meeting in Anaheim late Friday. It is the first major medical association in the nation to urge legalization of the drug…

    More in the Los Angeles Times article, ‘California Medical Assn. Calls for Legalization of Marijuana’

  29. Anonymous
    October 17, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Skippy. Take another bong hit buddy.

  30. Mitch
    October 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Just to emphasize the complete and utter stupidity, wastefulness, cruelty and ineptitude of the Obama Dept of Justice, along comes a poll showing 50% of Americans now favor full legalization.


  31. Plain Jane
    October 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    And tens of thousands of innocent people die in supply route countries because the illegality of drugs makes them a very dangerous but lucrative way to get rich.

  32. pot math
    October 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    average illegal drug consumption deaths per year in US: 15,000

    drug-related homicides in Mexico (2010): 15,000

  33. Bolithio
    October 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I agree, but I doubt legalization will change much in Mexico. Isn’t the real money in cocaine and heroin?

  34. pot math
    October 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Marijuana availability-justice.gov

    21,500 metric tons = 47.4 million lbs. 47.4 million lbs at $500 wholesale = $23.7 billion.

  35. pot math
    October 18, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Average quantity of cocaine on US market per uear: 100–500 metric tons. Wholesale price of cocaine kilogram: $10,000–20,000. 100*$20,000 = $2 billion. 500*$10,000 = $5 billion.

    On average, annual Mexico marijuana crop alone worth 500–1000% of all cocaine on US market.

  36. Cristina Bauss
    October 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Not NEARLY as many cocaine and heroin consumers in the world as pot consumers, Bolithio. They cost more, but have only a small fraction of the users.

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